Vivek Agnihotri Told Me To Take Off Clothes & Dance: Tanushree Dutta
After actor Tanushree Dutta’s recent comments alleging that veteran actor Nana Patekar had sexually molested her during a film shoot over a decade ago, she has now claimed similar harassment by Chocolate director Vivek Agnihotri during the making of the film.
“I was wearing a towel on my costume and standing behind the camera. This guy (Vivek Agnihotri) wanted me to give cues to an actor (Irrfan). It was an actor’s close-up. It was not even my shot. I was not even going to be in the shot. It was the actor’s close-up and he had to just look at something and give expressions. This director, he told me, ‘Jao jaake kapde utaar ke naacho, usko cues do,'” she narrated, India Today reported.
However, Irrfan reportedly came to her rescue and told the director that he did not need such cues. “The male actor had to shoot back at the director saying, ‘I don’t need her to take off her coat and dance for me to give facial expressions’. This was Irrfan Khan. I really appreciated that he actually spoke up like that,” Tanushree revealed.
She explained: “It was his (Irrfan’s) close-up shot. I’m not in the frame. He had to look at me and give some expressions. Why do I have to dance in front of him for him to give expressions in his close-up shot? This director tells me ‘jao jaake kapde utaar ke naacho’. I was shocked!”
Narrating the sequence of events, the actress said that Irrfan was “horrified” by the filmmaker’s inappropriate remarks and shut him down immediately.
“He just told the director, ‘What are you talking about? I can give my close-up. Mujhe acting aati hai’. Suneil Shetty also spoke up. He was also there, he heard it and he got offended by it. He was like, ‘Main aaun kya wahaan cues dene ke liye?'” she said.
Suniel too gave Vivek a piece of his mind, Tanushree revealed. She added that because of people like him and Irrfan, she was not disillusioned by Bollywood. But she decided to bid adieu to her acting career after the incident with Nana Patekar in 2008.